A careful analysis of the first season of ‘Scrubs’ will reveal that Neil Flynn’s Janitor never interacts with anyone other than main character, J.D. The reason for this, according to the creators, is that they initially meant for Janitor to be nothing more than a figment of J.D.’s imagination. While I can understand why they gave up this conceit (for one, Neil Flynn is the show’s comedy ace-in-the-hole, and reportedly begged for the chance to play off other characters), it’s somewhat of a shame that they didn’t get to play out that concept on-screen. Of course, I’ve long been of the opinion that Star Trek: Voyager would have been better served (and, to be frank, would be considered a better show) if they had actually played out the two-part ‘Year Of Hell’ storyline as an actual year of the show, and had ramifications for the characters rather than a reset button at the end. It could have knocked the characters out of the moribund blandness that really hurt the show (especially in pre-catsuit seasons) and would have felt more “realistic” in my mind.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) started it all with a penny in the door, asking: What lost/abandoned concepts, characters or set pieces do you wish your favorite creators had been able to see out to their logical conclusions?